Serious Skin Care C-Serum Vitamin C Ester Skin Conditioner

The Way We C It

Maybe it’s the sense of urgency in Lesa Stock’s voice over the “limited time offer” that enticed millions to impulsively buy her products off of the television.  Or is it her deceiving white lab coat that makes this beauty school grad look like a dermatologist? Either way, Miss Stock was able to reach millions of viewers each month and convinced them to purchase her skin care line.  Serious Skin Care was  HSN’s best selling skin-care line and raked in a tens of millions of dollars.

Television shopping is a multi-BILLION dollar industry. They continue to make impulse buying easier for us, in fact, HSN allows you to purchase products with your remote, you don’t even have to pick up the phone anymore.  Serious Skin Care knows the longer you have to think about making a purchase, the less likely you are to spend, which is why these television shopping channels make it so easy to purchase. If you were to do your research on these products, you most likely wouldn’t fall for their sales tactics.


  • Grapefruit (Citrus Grandis) Fruit Extract: The astringent qualities possessed by grapefruit extract may dehydrate skin cells.
  • Kiwi (Actinidia Chinensis) Fruit Extract: There is no research that shows kiwi extract has any benefit for the skin when applied topically.
  • Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Extract: Used as a fragrance and may cause irritation when applied topically.
  • Lime (Citrus Aurantifolia) Fruit Extract: Used as a fragrance, may cause skin irritation
  • Mandarin Orange (Citrus Nobilis) Fruit Extract: Used as a fragrance, it may cause skin irritation if applied topically. There is no research that shows mandarin orange extract has any benefit for the skin when applied topically.
  • Mango (Mangifera Indica) Fruit Extract: Stimulates micro-circulation of the skin and prevents degeneration of skin cells
  • Orange (Citrus Aurantium Dulcis) Fruit Extract: Fragrance that may cause skin irritation. There is no research that shows orange fruit extract has any benefit for the skin when applied topically
  • Passion Fruit (Passiflora Incarnata) Fruit Extract: Fragrance- there is no research that shows passion fruit has any benefit for the skin.
  • Pineapple (Ananas Sativus) Fruit Extract: Contains bromelain, alpha hydroxy acids, enzymes and sugars that have purifying and anti-fungal properties. It also has two enzymes that help remove damaged skin when used topically.
  • Rosehips (Rosa Canina) Fruit Extract: Helps regenerate damaged skin tissue without any side effects. It may help reduce scars and eliminate hyper-pigmented spots and reduces the appearance of wrinkles.
  • Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate: A water-soluble derivative of vitamin C that is nonirritating and more stable than vitamin C. It has the same potential as vitamin C to boost collagen synthesis but is effective in significantly lower concentrations. Magnesium ascorbyl phosphate is more stable than vitamin C, but it still  degrades when exposed to light and air so make sure you store in in a cool dry place.
  • Potassium Ascorbyl Phosphate: A powerful antioxidant that consists of  Vitamins C and E with phosphorus.
  • Ascorbyl Palmitate: A fat soluble derivative of Vitamin C that can be stored in cell membranes until it is needed by the body to help boost collagen synthesis.  Ascorbyl Palmitate has been shown to have antioxidant protection equivalent to Vitamin E, which is one of the most powerful antioxidants.
  • Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate: An oil-soluble derivative of Vitamin C that diminishes the damaging effects of UV exposure. Tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate has been shown to boost collagen synthesis as well as brighten the skin by inhibiting the production of melanin giving you a more even skin tone.
  • Sodium Hyaluronate: Helps vitamin C penetrate deep into the skin. Hyaluronic Acid is often referred to as the “fountain of youth”, it  has the ability to retain and hold moisture to the skin, and also helps support the formation and maintenance of collagen. Once collagen production starts to deteriorate is when our skin loses it’s tone and elasticity.
  • Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract: There is no research that supports the claims that Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract improves cellulite
  • Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract: Reduces inflammation, cell damage and builds collagen.
  • Phenoxyethanol: According to the FDA, ” Phenoxyethanol is a preservative that is primarily used in cosmetics and medications. It also can depress the central nervous system and may cause vomiting and diarrhea.”
  • Triethanolamine: Used to balance pH levels, Triethanolamine has been found to be severely irritating to body tissues and possibly corrosive to the eyes, avoid eye contact. A shocking  40% of cosmetics containing Triethanolamine have been found to be contaminated with nitrosamines, which are potent carcinogens.
  • Diazolidinyl Urea: A formaldehyde-releasing preservative
  • Other Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Lecithin, Silica, Alcohol, Glycerin, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Xanthan Gum, PPG-14 Palmeth-60 Hexyl Dicarbamate, Carbomer, Tetrasodium EDTA, Benzoic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Sodium Citrate, Yellow 5, Yellow 6.


  • Contains a number of Vitamin C derivatives
  • Hydrating
  • Moisturizes skin


  • Designed for women over 40
  • Not suitable for people with sensitive skin
  • Contains a number of fragrances that may cause skin irritation
  • Has a number of filler ingredients that have no benefit
  • Contains artificial colors
  • Only offers a 30-day money back guarantee


Serious Skin Care does not have a positive reputation, after giving them an unbiased review we have determined that their Vitamin C Ester Skin Conditioner is not an effective Vitamin C Serum. While it may help moisturize your skin, there are a number of side effects you may not enjoy, particularly if you have sensitive skin. With so many fragrances, emulsifiers, thickeners and artificial colors you are bound to have a reaction.

You have to be really careful with Vitamin C serums especially if they go bad, which most of them eventually will. Vitamin C is an unstable ingredient, and the only way to tell if it has been exposed to too much oxygen is if it changes color, it will usually turn yellow or brown. Serious Skin care has added yellow coloring to their serum so you will never know if it goes rancid by looking at it. Once a vitamin C serum is oxidized it loses it’s effectiveness and will cause more free radical damage to your skin, so it must be discarded immediately.  Do not purchase a vitamin C serums that has artificial colors to avoid this problem altogether.

May I also suggest that you ALWAYS do your research before purchasing a skin care product., especially a Vitamin C Serum. You will potentially save yourself a lot of time and money by doing your homework. You can’t always believe what you hear on television, which is what we are here for. Our goal is to expose the best and worst Vitamin C Serums and help consumers find the BEST skin care products for their money.

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